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MUSEUM: Visiting hours

The Museum is open to visitors daily from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. Special tours are possible on any day, including Mondays, by prior arrangement - please enquire via: 
We have kept our prices as low as possible in the foregoing years but need to align ourselves with other Heritage Sites. Bear in mind the entire homestead is private property and we benefit from no grants or subsidies. Many thanks for your support. Kndly note that there is a R10 parking fee over weekends for security purposes.

For any further information regarding the Smuts family or Smuts House and its history, please email us and we will assist where possible:


For any direct queries regarding the Museum, facilities, functions and activites at Smuts House please contact:
Reception:+27(0)12 670 9017
Liaison Officer:  +27(0)79 393 3282

Ouma Isie's Tea Garden 

Ouma Isie`s Tea Garden is now under new management. Thinus Olivier and his team have done a marvelous job in revamping the facility and bringing it up to a very pleasant restaurant standard. 

Ouma Isie's is now the perfect place to visit ... out in the open air with proper social distancing and some peace and tranquility to refresh your body and soul. The Restaurant offers a variety of daily menu items and also caters for Functions, Children`s Parties, Kitchen Tea`s, Weddings, Conferences, Year-end Functions or any other special event or celebration. Please visit our Facebook page for more information:

Come visit us at the Smuts House Museum in Irene. We do breakfasts and lunches and you can even bring your dog along. And we have a roofed area for when it's raining.

For bookings:
Tel: 076 716 6845
Or email:

Friends of Smuts House: upcoming events

Supper Talks

Dear Friends

Please see below a synopsis of the Friends supper talk on Thursday 17 March on the topic: ‘Two great persons that have influenced our world: exploring the remarkable similarities between Jan Smuts and Charles Darwin’ which will be presented by Beate Holscher.

Amongst the great people that have influenced the course of history, and how we view the world in general, Charles Darwin and Gen Jan Smuts stand out. Although they lived in different times, and had an impact in different fields, there are many similarities in their lives, their world views and their general habits. From choosing to live away from the bustle of the cities, taking a daily walk to clear the mind, their formidable wives, their passion for collecting and their lasting legacies, there is a thread that connects these men in surprising ways. Join us as we explore the lives of these two giants, and get an understanding of how these similar personalities contributed to their greatness.

The cost is R130 for members and R150 for visitors.

Please book by lunchtime Monday 14 March with Valerie Webley via or on 0833251039.

Please pay by EFT to:

Friends of General Smuts

Nedbank Centurion

Account number: 1621173909

Reference: “Surname 17 March”

And send proof of payment to

For more details and bookings please click on UPCOMING EVENTS

Thank you

The FRIENDS OF SMUTS HOUSE would like to thank all those people who kindly donated money as a result of our appeal via the Jan Smuts Facebook group during the Covid lockdown period. Personal notes of thanks were sent to individual donors, except those who didn't supply contact details, and to whom we now extend our sincere gratitude.

If you have donated (and didn't supply your email address), or if you still intend to do so, please fill out the form on the DONATE tab so that we can send our personal thanks.

Despite the response to our appeal during the Covid pandemic, which raised some R60 000, The Foundation remains in dire need of additional financial support so that any further donations will be most gratefully received.


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Museum Reception Catering Contractor  Executive Liaison Officer
Tel: +27(0)12 670 9017 Tel: +27(0)76 716 6845 Cell: +27(0)79 393 3282


Kindly note: the Museum operating times are Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 to 16:00. Special visits on other days may be made by prior arrangement with the Liaison Officer. There is a R10 parking fee over weekends for security reasons.

Ouma Isie's Tea Garden and Restaurant is open every day except Mondays (apart from Public Holidays falling on a Monday).